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Wozniacki, Stosur, Goerges all out of French Open: A fan’s reaction
It was a tough Friday (May 27) for some high seeds on the women's side at Roland Garros. World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki went out in straight sets, Samantha Stosur is out, and Julia Goerges was ousted from the French Open.
Caroline Wozniacki ousted by Daniela Hantuchova
The dangerous game of Hantuchova took out the top seed in fairly easy straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Clay isn't the best surface for Wozniacki, but she did have a promising spring, taking the title at Brussels. Caroline will not have a chance to silence critics of her number one ranking, who cite her lack of a Grand Slam win.
"The only one I feel pressure from is myself to go and give my all for every match and, obviously, I'm a competitor," Wozniacki said about the questions. "I love winning. I don't like losing."
The fact that Wozniacki was barely in the match doesn't help her argument. The first set lasted only 27 minutes, and the second only managed 46. A brief surge from Wozniacki when Hantuchova was up 4-1 in the second and backed off her aggressive baseline play was the only glimmer for Caroline.
Wozniacki follows world No. 2 Kim Clijsters, who also lost in the third-round a day earlier. Their exits will mean this year's French Open is the first time since the Open era began that No. 1 and No. 2 aren't in the round of 16 at a Grand Slam.
It was the first time Hantuchova beat a player ranked No. 1 at the time, and also her first win against Wozniacki. The Slovakian Hantuchova turned pro in 1999, and has become a tennis fixture, but has yet to break through to the top at a major. She will next face Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won today in straight sets.
Samantha Stosur falls to Gisela Dulko
Seeded at number 8, Australian Samantha Stosur hoped to once again go deep into the French Open. Stosur, the runner up from last year, won't get the chance, thanks to the crisp play of Gisela Dulko. The 28th-seeded Argentine fired ferocious forehand winners at Stosur, and fought off a second-set rally to win 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Dulko next faces Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who defeated Julia Goerges in three.
Marion Bartoli quenches the hot Julia Goerges
German Julia Goerges was having the best spring in her career—she won on the clay at Stuttgart in April, defeating Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur in the process. The win propelled her into the top 20 for the first time in her career, and she came in to Roland Garros as the 17th seed.
All that wasn't enough for Marion Bartoli. Seeded at 11, the Frenchwoman fed off the home crowd to help her come back after dropping the first set, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. The strong defensive game of Bartoli forced Goerges to take chances, costing her 30 unforced errors.
The fourth-round match between Bartoli and Dulko will have to be on the radar as one to watch. Both players coming off strong three-set wins and employing similar tactics should make for a great contest.
Additional sources: RolandGarros.com, Tennis Channel coverage.
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